John Williams

John Edward Williams (August 29, 1922 – March 3, 1994) was an American writer.

He had a Bachelor of Arts (1949) and Master of Arts (1950) degrees from the University of Denver, and a PhD in English literature (1954) from  the University of Missouri. In 1955, he started working as assistant professor at the University of Denver, and became director of the creative-writing program in the institution. Williams retired from the University in 1985, and died of respiratory failure in 1994.


  • National Book Award for Fiction, for Augustus, shared with Chimera by John Barth (1973)


  • Nothing But the Night (1948)
  • Butcher’s Crossing (1960)
  • Stoner (1965)
  • Augustus (1972)
  • The Sleep of Reason (unfinished novel,  published in two lengthy excerpts in Ploughshares and the Denver Quarterly in 1981 and 1986, respectively).
  • The Broken Landscape: Poems (1949)
  • The Necessary Lie (1965)

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